Its Time I introduced you to Terrance, my Garden Gnome.
Terrance has wintered well, apart from some interference from the neighbour’s cat when it snowed (without going into too much detail, we had to hose him down). And with the arrival of spring both Terrance and I are getting excited, probably a little too excited, about sowing this years crop.
The problem is I’m really rubbish at growing things, I’d like my garden to be filled with edible delights but I have a very low success rate with vegetables. They take so long to grow and I’m too enthusiastic at the start and loose patience by the end. Hurry Up!!!! Then there’s the bugs, the slugs and the snails to contend with. Fortunately Terrance is an expert, only problem is he can’t speak, he just looks on in disapproval. Well here we are at the beginning of the season and nothing will deter my enthusiasm. My mother, and Terrance (if he could speak) have told me to wait to sew my seeds as there is still a chance of frost. Too late, I couldn’t wait and have already planted last weekend my seed potatoes, raspberries and chinese lanterns.
This weekend I’m planning to plant seeds for climbing nasturtium, a couple of giant sunflowers, courgettes, chilli, cucumber and borage (for late summer gin and tonics!) and the herb garde., This is Terrance’s favourite place in the garden, he likes mint (because cat’s don’t like it!) and he likes thyme, parsley, rosemary and fennel.
I both love and loath visiting the garden centre, bright colours and textures abound and I’m left feeling slightly embarrassed at my futile efforts to grow even the simplest of produce, but I’m hopeful with a little time and practice I’ll improve and I’ll be documenting my efforts here, hopefully, if there is anything to show!
First success story of the year…The Violas we planted last October have grown! As beautiful as they look in the garden they look even more splendid in my salad bowl.
Do you have any tips and guidance on how to grow things?